Being an artist and writer myself, I often gravitate towards movies about artists and writers. I always feel such an inspiring sense of connection to the character’s creative plight, their unique journey to success and their passion for the craft. With that notion, I have created this list– hoping to inspire my fellow writers in the same way.

I do hope you will enjoy these movies as much as I have. If you know of any that I’ve missed here, please feel free to comment below.

**I’m still working my way through watching all of these. So, the ones in bold print are the ones I’ve actually watched **

  • 5 to 7 (Anton Yelchin, Olivia Thirlby)
  • Adaptation (Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep)
  • Adult World (Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack)
  • Agatha (with Dustin Hoffman)
  • Anything else (Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs, Woody Allen)
  • American Splendor (Paul Giamatti, Harvey Pekar)
  • A novel Romance (Steve Gutenberg)
  • An Angel At My Table (Kerry Fox)
  • Ask the dust (Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek)
  • Austenland (Keri Russell, JJ Field)
  • Authors Anonymous (Chris Klein, Kaley, Cuoco)
  • Author! Author! (Al Pachino)
  • Barton fink (John Torturro, John Goodman)
  • Barfly (Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Frank Stallone)
  • Becoming Jane (Anne Hathaway)**
  • Before Sunset (Ethan Hawke)
  • Black Marigolds (Noah Bean, Rachel Boston)
  • Bored to Death (TV show)
  • Bright Star (Ben Wishaw, Abbie Cornish) **
  • Byron : TV series about Lord Byron
  • Capote (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener)
  • Certified Copy (Juliette Binoche, William Shimell)
  • Coffee Shop (Rachael Hendrix, Laura Vandervoort, Cory M.Grant)
  • Crimson Peak (starts off focused on a writer, but ultimately the theme of the film is the ghost story)**
  • Christopher Robin
  • Dead Poets Society (Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke)
  • Deathtrap (Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve)
  • Deconstructing Harry (Woody Allen, Robin Williams, Demi Moore)
  • Down With Love (Renee Zellweger + all-star cast
  • Dream Child (Coral Browne)**
  • Eat pray love
  • Finding Neverland (Johnny Depp) **
  • Finding Forrester (Sean Connery)
  • Fireflies In The Garden (Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds)
  • Fits and Starts
  • Freedom Writers (Hillary Swank, Patrick Dempsey)
  • Funny Farm
  • Genius (Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman)**
  • Great Welsh writers (documentary Roald Dahl)
  • Ghost writer (1989)
  • Hans Christian Andersen – My Life as a Fairytale (2003) – Biopic
  • HappyThankYouMorePlease (Josh Radnor, Kate Mara)
  • Henry Fool (Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan)
  • House
  • Howl (2010) – Allen Ginsberg
  • How to lose friends and alternate people (Simon Pegg as a British writer for a New York magazine)
  • Impromptu (Hugh Grant, Judy Davis)
  • Iris (Kate Winslet, Judi Dench)
  • Jane The Virgin (TV series about a romance novelist)
  • Julie & Julia (Meryl Streep, Hal Holbrook)
  • Kill Your Darlings ( Daniel Radcliff, Dane DeHann, Michael Hall)
  • Last Call (about F. Scott Fitzgerald, starring Jeremy Irons and Neve Campbell)
  • Late Night (Emma Thompson,,Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow) 2019
  • Looking for the Hobbit (awesome 5 part documentary)**
  • Losing in Love
  • Love happens (Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart)
  • Magic Beyond Words (J.K. Rowling) **
  • Maggie’s plan (Julliane Moore, Ethan Hawke)
  • Man about town (Ben Affleck)
  • Manhattan ( Woody Allen, Diane Keatin, Meryl Streep)
  • Marianne (2019 TV series / Spanish)
  • Midnight in Paris (Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams)
  • Misery (Kathy Bates, James Caan)
  • Miss Potter (Renee Zellweger) **
  • My Brilliant Career (Judy Davis, Sam Neill)
  • My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (Alyssa Milano, Christopher Gorham)
  • Mrs. Parker and the vicious circle (Matthew Broderick, Gwyneth Paltrow)
  • Naked Lunch ( Ian Home, Judy Davis)
  • Not another Happy Ending (Karen Gillan, Stanley Webber) **
  • On The Road (Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund)
  • Paper Man (Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Daniels)
  • Playing It Cool (Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan)
  • Poison Pen
  • Prick Up Your Ears (Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina)
  • Reprise ( Victoria Winge, Espen Klouman Hoiner)
  • Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Annette Bening)
  • Saving Mr. Banks **
  • Seven psychopaths ( Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Abbie Cornish)
  • Sex and the city (TV series & movies)
  • Shadowlands (1993) – C. S. Lewis
  • Shadows in the sun (Claire Forlani, Joshua Jackson)
  • Shakespeare in Love (Joseph Fiennes)**
  • Shattered Glass (Hayden Christiansen, Steve Zahn, Hank Azaria)
  • She Devil (Rosanne Barr, Meryl Streep, Ed Begley)**
  • Shortcut to Happiness (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins)
  • Sideways (Paul Giamatti, Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen)
  • Sinister (Ethan Hawke) **
  • Squid and the Whale (Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Daniels)
  • Starting Out in the Evening ( Frank Langella, Lauren Ambrose)
  • Stuck in love (Logan Lerman, Greg Kinnear)
  • Sylvia (Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig)**
  • Swimming Pool (Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance)
  • Their finest (2017 Sam Claflin, Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy)
  • The Bookshop
  • The book thief (Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson) this one isn’t about writing, but about books and is so beautiful.
  • The California Typewriter (Tom Hanks)
  • The Carrie Diaries (prequel to Sex and the City)
  • The Decoy Bride (David Tenant, Kelly MacDonald)
  • The Door in the Floor (Kim Bassinger, Jeff Bridges)
  • The Durrells in Corfu ** (British family life set in 1935, Corfu. A TV series based on the writer, Gerald Durrel’s, three autobiographical books about his family’s time in Corfu)
  • The girl in the book (Emily VanCamp)
  • The Ghost Writer (Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan)
  • The Good Witch (Season 2 episode 4) This one isn’t a movie obviously, but it was very inspirational. Especially the scene where she gives the writer’s journal.
  • The Guernsey and Potato Peel Pie Society (based on novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows)
  • The Help (Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain)
  • The Hours (Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep)
  • The Invisible Woman (Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones)
  • The Jane Austin Book Club (Hugh Dancy, Emily Blunt)**
  • The longest week
  • The Magic of Belle Isle (Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen)
  • The man who invented Christmas (about Charles Dickens)
  • The motorcycle diaries (Gael Garcia Bernal)
  • The Muse (Steven Phillips)**
  • The Rewrite (Hugh Grant, Marissa Tomei)
  • The Shining (Jack Nicholson)**
  • The shining (TV series)
  • The whole wide world (about Robert E. Howard)
  • The Wife (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce)
  • The Words ( Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons)
  • The World According To Garp (Robin Williams, Glenn Close)
  • This Beautiful Fantastic (Jessica Brown Findlay, Jeremy Irvine)
  • Tolkien (2019)
  • Total Eclipse ( Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis)
  • To walk invisible : The Bronte Sisters (a very well-made pbs biopic)
  • Trumbo (Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane)
    Tumbledown (Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeokis)**
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (Diane Lane, Sandra Oh)**
  • We love you, Sally Carmichael
  • Wilde (Jude Law, Stephen Fry)
  • Wild (with Reese Witherspoon)
  • Wonder boys (Robert Downey jr., Michael Douglas)
  • Words and pictures (Juliet Binoche, Clive Owen, Bruce Davison)
  • Young Adult (Charlize Thelon, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt)

These are all great movies, but the ones with ** are my favorites 🖤